I like to wear false eyelashes every now and again, not that I need them. I grow my own lashes to wonderful lengths. I never knock a lady for wearing false lashes, I say do what makes you happy as long as it is not causing harm to you or those around you. A lavish look or a playful eye shadow are my go to’s every now and again. That is why I add some false lash extensions to my makeup every so often. There are different types of lash extensions to choose from. Regardless of the type of lash extension, they are all categorized under these 3 main types of grouping:
- Strip Lashes
- Individual Flare Lashes
- Individual Single Lashes
Ensure that you do your research and figure out which one is best for you. Most beginners use strip lashes.
A Bit Of Lash History
In 1882 the residents of Paris started sewing hair into their eyelids to create false eyelashes. I am very glad this beauty extension has evolved and come a long way.
Mink Lash Extensions
There is a lot of controversy around the subject of mink lashes. Some mink manufacturers say that the animals are not harmed during the process of obtaining the fur. This does not sit well with the PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) organization because they believe these mink farms keep the minks confined to small, cramped wire cages in filthy conditions.
Mink lashes are made by manufacturers brushing the fur of minks to obtain the fur to make the lash extensions. The wash and sterilize the fur before turning them into lashes. The fur is not only curable, but it is soft, thick, and light in weight. Mink lashes add volume and length to your real lashes; It does not give off the fake appearance most other false lashes do. They hold their curl well, plus, they are very durable. This means that they can be used over and over again up to 25 times or more if they are cared for properly. One pair of these gorgeous lashes will cost you approximately $25 to $50. However, they are so worth the investment because you can use them over and over again for a long time. In the end you wind up saving way more money than you initially spent.
Faux Mink Lash Extensions
Faux mink lashes are light and soft, like a mink’s fur. They are not comprised of a mink’s fur. Faux mink lashes are made from a material that mimics the fur of a mink. These lash extensions are comprised of a synthetic material called PBT (Polybutylene terephthalate). It is a type of polyester that is used in all sorts of products like… Toothbrushes, sports and swimwear and, of course, false eyelashes. Even though these false lash extensions are made to appear natural you will need to do a bit of leg work to get them to look as if they are yours.
You will blend your lashes and the false lashes together by using mascara and you will use an eyeliner to cover up the lash extension band. It is common for these type of lashes to look their luster after a couple uses or so. Faux lashes, in my opinion, are great for a night out on the town or a special occasion, but they can become uncomfortable during the course of the evening. This is due to the lash band being unyielding by nature and design. A single pair of these lash extensions can cost you $4 to $15, which is not bad, but considering the fact that you may have to replace them more often this will add up over time and probably more than you would like it to.
Sable Lash Extensions
Sable lash extensions are made up of high quality PBT fibers. They are very similar to mink lashes concerning the flexible form, really lightweight, and the shine that the mink lash embodies. These lashes last about 6 to 8 weeks, or until they start to thin out, similar to the way our lashes does from time to time.
Sable eyelashes are the thinnest and softest of all the lash extension types. Some sable lashes are made from real hair. They are not to be confused with mink lashes. In my research I could not uncover exactly what hair they are made of, so I assume its safe to say human hair. Sable lashes will cost you about $300 to $500. These are really worth the money invested if you don’t mind spending that amount of money on lashes.
Silk Lash Extensions
Some say silk lash extensions are better than mink lashes, so I like to think I saved the best for last. Silk lashes can be reused multiple times, they are so easy to care for, and some styles of silk lashes possess a more dramatic and intense curl. I don’t know about you but nothing is better than a dramatic and intense anything ( shows, makeup, and lashes). The curls in silk lashes hold their curl well. In addition to all those wonderful things, the fact that they are cheaper than mink lashes has got to be the cherry on top. The only difference between mink lashes and silk lashes is shape, finish, and weight. Due to their thickness, and full body they are used in more dramatic sets. Silk lashes will cost you around $18 to $25.
My Final Thought
Even though there are different types of lash extensions if can be daunting to choose the right lash extension for you. As I always say, do your research. Think long and hard about the look you want to achieve, and go from there. All in all, I like every kind of lash extension there is. For me it is all about what look I want to achieve for that day.
I know what lash to pair with what type of makeup. Let’s just say I want a more dramatic look I can then I will go for silk lashes, if I want a more natural look I have 3 lash types to choose from. Okay, now let’s say I want a lash that will not irritate my eyes before the night is out I will most likely choose every lash except faux mink lashes. When choosing the right lash extension(s) you have to know yourself and what you want if you do not know yourself, no problem, you can take the time to learn yourself. Please leave a comment and tell me about your favorite lash extension below.